Why mosquitoes buzz

Why mosquitoes buzz

May 09, 2022

Picture it: you're outside with your family enjoying a beautiful summer evening or settling into bed to fall asleep. You start to relax, and then you hear the all-too-familiar buzzing sound of a mosquito hovering around your head. We all know what a buzzing mosquito sounds like when it gets too close to us, but do you know why mosquitoes buzz in people's ears? And what can we do to make that annoying buzz stop once and for all? The experts at MosquitoNix® have the answers to your mosquito noise questions and advice to keep them away from your ears and the rest of your body.

What Makes a Mosquito Buzz?

Like many other insects in our insect library, mosquitoes make noise when they fly around. Unlike most insects however, that droning buzz of a mosquito is distinct and memorable. However, this high-pitched buzzing sound has a simple explanation: mosquitoes beat their tiny wings so quickly that they produce a distinctively annoying sound. How fast are those wings going? Scientists say it's between 500 and 1,000 beats per second, producing a buzz similar to the musical note A.

However, it's not all mosquitoes that make this buzzing noise. While male and female mosquitoes buzz, the females produce a higher buzzing sound. Technically, you can hear the buzz of a male mosquito, but most people don't because only female mosquitoes feed on blood, while male mosquitoes feed off nectar and plants and keep away from people completely.

Why Are Mosquitoes Attracted to Us?

Mosquitoes don't have a special sensor for where sources of blood are. Mosquitoes do, however, detect heat and carbon dioxide that indicate their next meal is close by. These annoying pests are attracted to warm breath and the carbon dioxide you breathe out, so the heavier you breathe, the more likely mosquitoes are to notice you. Mosquitos flock to the area around your heat, making that distinct buzzing sound the entire time, though you might not notice until they're next to your ears.

How Can I Make Them Stop?

If you don't want to hear that buzzing sound, the best way is to deal with the mosquito problem directly. Make sure your screens are in good shape, and don't leave doors or windows open. Sleep with an oscillating fan to keep air moving; mosquitoes cannot navigate a breeze, so a fan can keep them away from you while in bed.

Get rid of any standing water around the exterior of your property; this stagnant water is the perfect nursery for mosquito eggs and larvae. Mosquito fogging treatments can save you when you plan on spending a short time outdoors, like a cookout, pool party or other special event. These treatments target mosquito larvae, meaning mosquitoes never reach adulthood and never buzz in your ears. You also might want to take advantage of a portable mosquito killer, an on-the-go option that protects you from mosquitoes for up to 300 square feet.

Learn more about custom mosquito control services from MosquitoNix. We even have non-toxic, all-natural green services to keep mosquitoes and their buzzing away from you and your family.

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